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Japanese 4 (LL232)_2122



This module is offered to students who have successfully completed LL226 Japanese 3 module or those with good equivalent working knowledge of Japanese.

Main Objectives:

This module aims to enable students:

  • to understand ideas in depth and carry out communication accordingly on a range of familiar social topics
  • to work towards or achieve B1.2 of CEFR ( Common European Framework of Reference)

This module is available for 24 or 30 credits.


21-week teaching, each of which will include:

  • Asynchronous pre-recorded video(s) - accessible through Moodle, to be studied before the synchronous session
  • 2-hour face-to-face/online synchronous session in small group
  • independent study & homework


Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study over the course of this module is 240 hours. 10 hours of study a week on average will be required including independent study.


Term 1 - interim test (10%) - scheduled on Saturday, 11 December 2021

Term 3 - one reading/writing test (50%) + one speaking test (40%)



Course Texts

The following textbook must be bought by students.

  • Minna no Nihongo Shokyu ll Dai 2-Han (2nd edition) Honsatsu (Main Text) ISBN: 9784883196463

NB: Students need to buy this edition.

NB: The second half of the book will be used for this module.

The following two books are highly recommended for students to buy.

  • Minna no Nihongo Shokyu ll Dai 2-Han (2nd edition) Honyaku Bunpo Kaisetsu Eigo-ban (Translation and Grammar Notes - English) ISBN: 9784883196647
  • Minna no Nihongo Shokyu II Dai 2-Han (2nd edition) Shokyu de Yomeru Topikku 25 (Reading Comprehension Text) ISBN: 9784883197125

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, students should become able to:

  • apply knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • understand the main ideas and details of reasonably complex texts on a range on a range of social topics
  • engage in oral communication, describing with details and expressing opinions with justification on a range of social topics, with fluency
  • write a clear, detailed text on a range of social topics explaining viewpoints objectively with appropriate register, where necessary, using correct characters


The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative situations:
  • expressing reasons and causes
  • expressing polite requests
  • expressing purposes
  • expressing politeness etc.
Grammatical contents:
  • causative form of verbs
  • honorific and humble expressions etc.
  • some further Kanji (Chinese characters)